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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Louisville 2008: Sunday

On Sunday, the scheduled events started for me.

In the morning, Marion Scoular hosted a lecture in which she shared her experiences as a student at the Royal School of Needlework. This very interactive session was a wonderful event and deserves it's own post, complete with lots of pictures. I hope to have this post up later today.

After this wonderful beginning to the day, we were able to switch rooms at our hotel. The three of us are now in a room with two double beds, which is a much more comfortable situation. We had a quick lunch in the hotel cafe, and then headed back to the seminar hotel.

At 2PM, I attended a lecture by Chris Berry about the changing styles of fashion and the embroidery on those fashions in the 16th century. Unfortunately, she had a lot of material to present and only had one hour, so this was strictly a slide show and lecture, with about 5 minutes for questions at the end. It was a dark room that was slightly warm, so a few people did doze off for a bit. Since I have been reading a few books on this period (The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory and Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir) partially in preparation for my Tudor Purse class, it was pretty interesting.

We then had a session of "meet the teachers". One of the best parts of this was seeing the actual seminar projects in person. It never ceases to amaze me how poorly some pieces come across in photographs.

I was able to spend about 45 minutes looking at the education exhibit (with previews of some great new GCC's), the opportunity baskets, auction items, and the boutique. I still have not had time to go back and check these out some more.

The Legacy Reception for life members was held in the revolving restaurant at the top of the building. Since I was the only one attending from my chapter, it was a nice chance to meet people from other areas. I ended up sitting with four ladies from the NYC area and having a very enjoyable discussion. The city pictures here are from the restaurant.

The Opening Banquet was last on the agenda of the day. I converted my daytime look to a 50's look (since this is the 50th anniversary of EGA) with the addition of white tennis shoes, bobby socks, and a beribboned ponytail. The banquet was lovely. I was very impressed that the servers were able to serve over 900 people within 15 minutes. The meal was followed by a few brief talks, award presentations, and a wonderful keynote speech by Marion Scoular. The banquet favor was this lovely charm bracelet.

After several detours (due to the Ironman Triathlon finish line being between the two hotels), we finally arrived back at our hotel about 10:30. With classes coming up quickly in the morning, we headed to bed!

1 comment:

Cyn said...

Hi Jeanne,

Wow, you've been having "interesting" hotel adventures but thank goodness you now have a bigger room!

I'm enjoying reading about your adventures at the EGA seminar!


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